The truth behind the porn game kids played at Panarotti’s

Child at arcade

Earlier this week, the Spur Corporation was horrified to discover that its Panarotti’s restaurant in Alberton had a pornographic video game in the kids play area.

Children reportedly went to the play area only to return to their parents with the news that images of naked women were being displayed on a video game machine in the play area.

Initial reports of the incident said the video game in question was “Pandora’s Box”, and suggested that it was developed by a local studio — a graphics and web design company based in Kimberley.

Who supplied the game?

However, the game was actually part of a 520-in–1 arcade system supplied by Kimberley Amusements, which also rents items such as pool and foosball tables.

Kimberley Amusements custom-builds the arcade cabinets by hand and buys the game system that goes inside from another supplier.

The web design company mentioned earlier was implicated because it is the business of the daughter of the owner of Kimberley Amusements.

She helps her father with invoicing, but the invoices have her graphics and web design company’s name on them.

They believe that this has lead to people unfamiliar with the arrangement between Panarotti’s Alberton and Kimberley Amusements to assume that the arcade cabinet is supplied by the web design company.

Neither of the two companies developed any of the games included in the arcade cabinet.

How did the game end up in a kids play area?

“Pandora’s Box”, it turns out, doesn’t just refer to the offending game (Fantasia II: Pandora’s Box), but the entire game system.

The arcade cabinet in Panarotti’s Alberton contained the Pandora’s Box 3 Jamma board.

“Jamma” is short for the Japan Amusement Machine and Marketing Association, which developed a standard in the 1980s for printed circuit boards used in arcade machines.

This would allow arcade machines to be easily converted from one game to another.

The Pandora’s Box 3 is a 520-in–1 Jamma board, but in addition to the 520 relatively child-friendly games it officially contains, it also has a few adult-themed games.

Games such as Fantasia II may be disabled in the settings of the Jamma board, and according to the owner of Kimberley Amusements he personally ensured that was done before the arcade cabinets were sent out.

It is possible that the games were reactivated after delivery, he said.

Criminal charges

Responding to the incident, Spur said that it will be doing a full audit of all games, and made it clear to all franchisees that all game consoles other than PlayStations and Xboxes must be removed.

Spur Corporation also said that it has laid criminal charges against the supplier.


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